Depending on the level, each class will begin with a brief warm up consisting of grooves, isolations, stretching and basic co-ordination drills. Beginner classes tend to work on the above for the first half an hour of class, as well as adding cross floors, while more experienced classes may spend less time on the basics as dancers are expected to have this knowledge. Our HipHop classes are available in various levels with various instructors. All of our classes will learn choreography each class (with the exception of HipHop Foundation/Technique classes).
HipHop Foundations & HipHop Technique
Whether you are a brand new dancer looking to learn the basics or an experienced dancer wanting to perfect your technique, these are the classes where you will grow the most! Focusing on grooving, execution, texture, isolations as well as touching on various street styles such as Popping, Waving, Locking, Boogaloo, Tutting, Old School, New School and more, these classes are great for any dancer!
This is a class for pre-school aged, funky-fresh kids! Teaching your little ones about musicality, rhythm and co-ordination, this short-term program is perfect for any little dancer wanting to get an early start to their dance training!
Fundamentals (of HipHop/Street Dance)
Much like our Tech(nique) class, this class is a full focus on various Street Styles and delves deeper into the technique of Popping, Locking, Waacking, Gliding, Grooving and more! Taught by Vancouver's Natasha Gorrie, VSD is so lucky to have her knowledge and expertise! Though this class is offered as an "open age", based on the class flow VSD will likely need to assess come Fall and make an entry age restriction. This is a new class so please bear with us. (To be confirmed Mid-End of September).
Though House is not technically a ‘street style’, VSD is the only Victoria-based studio to offer this style. And since it is often associated with street dance we are offering an “open level” class to satisfy your ‘up-groove’ needs! This class focusses on breaking down the elements of House dance, such as "footwork", "Jacking", “Lofting" and retraining your HipHop down groove into the House up groove. House dance is often comprised of fast and complex foot-oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso, as well as floor work.
Another genre that is only offered at VSD in Victoria, this ‘open level’ class is a great introduction to Popping. It is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a ‘jerk’ in the dancer's body, referred to as a ‘pop’ or a ‘hit’. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses. These dance styles include The Robot, Waving, Gliding and Tutting.
Not to be confused with Popping, Locking is an old school funk style and the name is based on the concept of 'locking' movements, which means freezing from one fast moment and "locking" in a certain position, holding that position for short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. It relies on fast and precise arm and hand movement combined with more relaxed hips and legs. The movements are generally large and exaggerated and often very rhythmic and tightly synced with music. Locking is quite a performance oriented dance style, often interacting with the audience and some moves are quite comical in nature.
Each class is divided into age groups and will begin as an 'open level' option until we can better determine the levels of dancers within the classes. We will focus on the foundation of breakdance and learn things such as, toprock, downrock, six-step, c-c and touch on freezes and power moves as the class level progresses.
Later in the season we will be running jam nights and battles to help assist our students growth and give extra opportunities to learn with their peers.
Adult Girlie HipHop
This choreography class is girl power in dance form! While channeling your inner diva, you’ll be dancing to your favourite pop icons such as Britney, Beyonce, Iggy, Ciara, Rihanna and more. Focusing on isolations, body awareness, body rolls and hair flips, this class is sure to heighten your confidence and bring out your sassy side!
Adult Girlie HipHop… just add some heels ;)
(heels are optional of course)